Monday, 7 April 2014

Big country, big flavours, big night


Eat and drink South Africa - April 29, 30

Chefs never stop talking about food and Pieter and I are no exception, but in the Bootleg Banquet kitchen in Shoreditch, we mostly talk about the foods, dishes and recipes of our African childhoods.

The stories wax and wane around Pieter’s Afrikaner roots – his mom's long, slow braises with fruit, vinegar and spices – and my English upbringing on the Eastern Cape coast where mielies, fresh fish and vetkoek with home-made apricot jam were always on the menu.

We've come a long way since then but the warmth and generosity (and sunshine) of South Africa is still the backbone of everything we do.

So we’re celebrating the big flavours of the Big Continent - in honour of Freedom Day and UK polling day for the May election - in our supperclub kitchen, collaborating with our great friend and Hout Bay boytjie Grant Hawthorne (of the fiery and addictive African Volcano periperi sauce without which no poached egg, prawn or pulled-pork sandwich is complete), and Jean-Louis Holtzhauzen, from The Cape Wine Academy in London.

We invite you to come along for a full-on five-course tasting menu with matched wines. And of course we'll be lighting the fire. We hope to stir your taste-buds with remembered flavours and introduce a few new ones too - it all adds up to a fabulous night!


Mini vetkoek stuffed with snoek pate
Boschendal Le Grand Pavillion Brut Rose
Firecracker prawn salad with lemon, oregano, feta and African Volcano peri peri
(V: Watermelon, feta, oregano, peri-peri crouton)
AA Badenhorst Secateur White/Chenin Blanc 2013
Kerrievis, buttermilk potato salad, groenboontjies 
Euvrard Family Wines Orangerie White 2011
Springbok pie with cloves, vinegar, nutmeg, soetpatat
Kloof Street Rouge 2011 (Mullineaux Wines)
Braai:  chicken sosatie, lamb chop, skilpaadjie, boerewors with pap and tomatiebredie, chakalaka
(V: vegetable sosaties, corn on the cob, with pap and tomato bredie, chakalaka)
Hughes Family Nativo Red Blend 2008
Dessert medley: koeksuster, peppermint crisp tart, Don Pedro
Mullineux Family Straw wine 2009

For more details and to book tickets through Edible Experiences, click here.

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